Will MC prepare me for a physician's assistant (PA) program?

The B.A. in Biology, B.A. in Biochemistry, or a B.S. in Neuroscience provide excellent preparation for physician’s assistant (PA) programs. Maryville College students have stellar placement into PA schools due to the rigorous academic program, the emphasis on undergraduate research, and the personal reference letters made by their faculty. During their tenure at MC, students are advised to work at a doctor’s office.

This hands-on experience combined with the rigorous academic coursework and undergraduate research provides Maryville College students ideal preparation for PA school.

Maryville College faculty members work closely with MC students, both in courses and conducting research. As a result, Maryville College faculty members are able to write excellent letters of reference and recommendation for MC students because faculty and students truly know one another.

MC WorksMaryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Places for shadowing/volunteering include:

Blount Memorial Hospital
American Red Cross
Maryville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
Asbury Place
Clover Hill Senior Living

Meet a Current Student

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Anastasia Dunn ‘21
Hometown: Carrollton, Ga.

Anya is a biochemistry major with a double minor in Deaf studies and health and wellness promotion. Currently a Bonner Scholar and volunteer at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, she intends to pursue a career in pediatrics.
“I have a passion for serving others and working with kids, especially those with disabilities,” she said. “Maryville College has allowed me the platform to combine my passions into a career plan while equipping me with the tools and experiences necessary to succeed in such a competitive field. I am encouraged to take chances, explore the world around me and dive deeper into my faith and all of the unique aspects that make me the person I am today and the person I’ll be in the future.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

Ashley Burnett ToneyAshley Burnett Toney ’09
Currently: Physician Assistant with Summit Medical Group

Majoring in biology and graduating from MC in 2009, Ashley enrolled at South College and earned a master’s degree in health science. “During my undergraduate study, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that combined science and giving back to my community. The professors at Maryville College were essential in helping me take the next step toward realizing my dream,” she said. “I am truly grateful for the liberal arts education I received at Maryville College. It provided me an academic and cultural foundation that allowed me to pursue a career helping others as a physician assistant.”